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VERNON COUNTY CENSOR
O. G. Munson, Publisher. VIROQUA, • • WISCONSIN. THE AMERICAN BOY. Is it at all strange that some of the qualities and virtues which be longed to our women in an older day are now being transferred to the op posite sex? Can we marvel at the production of self-sacrificing Ameri can boy, who goes to work as soon as he has finished at the high school, or even at the grammar school, and reg ularly puts a share of his wages Into the family fund that Is sending Edith or Mabel to Vassar or Bryn MawrT Certainly the living American boy of eighteen or twenty measures well up In the scale of merit with any young ster that the world has yet produced, says the New York Mall. We hear a good deal of complaint about hla cigarette smoking, and his rough ways and Impertinence, and other de fects; but If his dissipations were to t>o compared with the hravy drink ing and lawless propensities of the smart youth of BO years ago, he would be found to be ratht r a model of con duct than otherwise. He is better, net worse, that; his father was at the same age. And he is more thorough ly imbued with the notion that it is his duty In life to be competent, and strong, and productive, than any other boy who ever looked out upon the great world with eager eyes. The official announcement that the death rate in the United States last year dropped to 15 per 1,000 of popu lation Is indicative ef the increasing nealthfulneas of the country W'lth the single exception of Great Britain, which surpasses this nation by a frac tion, tbo United States now has the lowest deatbrate of any country in the world. While the decrease Is attribut ed largely to the absence of grave epidemics, the facts are highly credit able and show that we are making not able progress In everything pertaining to hygiene. The crusades against the “white plague" and other ailments which have contributed greatly to the mortality lists are evidences of effec tive co-operation on tho part of bene ficence and sanitary science. It msy be that the young of the west are turning eastward, where more sodate habits prevail; and it may also be that the young women of tho east no longer have the samo de sire to go west that they did when a possible "Virginian” was waiting ai every ranch to make romantic love to visitors. The fact of the matter Is that school-teachers are now very much In demand all over the country, says the St. I.ouls Times. The num ber of schools and Instructors Is con stantly Increasing, and there are posts at home for those who like the work of teaching, and who are properly equipped for It. American potatoes have won a nota ble victory. For thirty-five years they liave been barred out of France on the ground that many of them were affected by a disease that might con taminate the French tubers. Asa •natter o’ fact American potatoes are about as healthy as any that are grown. The French scientists, hav fug investigated the matter thorough ly. have concluded that there Is nc goec ground for exclusion, and Ainer Jean potatoes will be admitted freely As the French potato crop is pool *his year such action assures an itn portaut addition to the food supply. New Jersey Is moving for the con struction of a ship canal across ths state as a link in the proposed coastal waterway between Boston and Florida Thus anew field of endeavor Is likely ■to be opened for the euterprlslng New Jersey mosquito. That Frenchman who ascended in an aeroplane to tho height of 9,121 feet and froze his carburetor should be allowed to keep his altitude record unbroken. Frost bites achieved in high altitudes add nothing to the Joy oi the human race. A picture entitled "The Buth oi Diana" has recently been sold fot $200,000 Somehow, we can't help feeling that If vvr were going to pay $200,000 for a picture wo should wish to get one that we could show to our girl friends. Scientists have recently discovered that it Is hard to get back to work on r.londay, but in many other respects ■the savants are quite i. reast of the ft <nes. Twelve dollars having been stolen from a Georgia editor, let us have no more Jokes about the lack of prosper ity of southern Journalists. If there are a great number of hens of the Scranton, Pa., variety we can expect the price of eggs to drop in a few days. When a town has only one barber it might be well for a guardian to be sent along Uh him when he leaves the city. We hear now of inoculation against ordinary colds. The best Inoculation against familiar hunger is. and will al ways be. food. A bluejacket's life In the time ol r- ace will scon be compared with ti.at of the football player for uncen tainty. And, anyway, we can’t see what dlf ference the age of Mother Earth la .going to make In the price of •’eat*’ REVEAL PLOT TO KILL MEXICANS Conspiracy to Assassinate Prom inent Officials Is Unfolded. DIAZ WAS TO BE SPARED Revolutionists Capture Many Impor tant Places in Chihuahua and Rich Nazas Valley as Up rising Grows. Mexico City. Documents found in the house of a revolutionary are said to have revealed a conspiracy for the wholesale assassination of prominent government officers. Inclu ding Foreign Minister Creel, Vice-Pres ident Corral and other prominent Mex icans, among them Editor Spludola. owner of Ei Imparolal. Miguel S. Macedo, subsecretary of the government, was also listed for death. President Diaz was to be taken but his life spared because of his past services to the country. The bodies of those killed were to be suspended from electric light wires In the streets. The building of El linparclal was to have been destroyed with dynamite. Tho papers exposing the conspiracy were discovered during a raid by the police. Three employes of El Imparciui had been furnished with the explosive and were instructed to use It at the first report of the uprising, which was planned for last Sunday. The seizure of the plans on the day upon which they were to he executed is thought to have had a great effect in beading off the rebellion. Important gains for the revolution ists and severe fighting in which many were killed or wounded attended the rapid spread of the uprising which now has assumed an aspect so serious Francisco I. Vadero. as to test to the utmost the strength of the government of President Diaz. The Insurgents captured several j towns in Chihuahua and now control a large territory in that state. There has been severe fighting at Accmibaro and I’arral, and the latter city Is reported to be in the hands of tho insurgents Forty revolutionists. It is reported, were put to death at Puebla It Is said here that Franctsco J. Madero, the revolutionary leader, has entered Mexico with COO followers anJ Is now near his home town of Coa hulls. Gen. Geronlmo Trevino, command er of the military zone in which Mon terey Is situated, has gone north at the head of a strong body of troops to meet him. Three bodies of revolutionists at i tacked the military barracks at or~ \- ha and liberated aud armed *'lo 1 r ■ oners whom they freed from t e prs on adjoining. The Fifteenth Me* Irm Infantry charged th rov. '• 'lon' fs rod drove them back info U. woods after a hot fight, "he number of casualties can not he learn and. During the fighting the Tenth in fantry from Mexico City and the Six teenth tnfantry from Vera Cruz reached the scene. War Munitions Cross Border. Galveston, Tex The dispatch of boat with 12 American and Mexican officers aboard from the mouth of the Rio Grande in quest of schooners landing munitions of war on the eastern coast of Mexico brought to light the information that 6,000 guns and over 300.000 rounds of ammunition have been delivered at pcin*s from 40 to 75 miles nortli of Tampico. In forty cities and towns in western •nd southwestern Texas Mexicans have been drilling for three months under direction of the revolutionary lunta Sworn to secrecy, the men were organized as Mexican benevolent soei ■tios and as such met ..nd were trained in the manual of arms, marching and the use of firearms. Kills Wife Who Sued Him. Detroit. Minn—-Henry Hauer, a farmer living near here, shot and killed his wife Tuesday nrul then com nutted suicide with the same weapon. Family troubles were said to have been the cause. End New Mexico Charter. Santa Ee. N. M -The New Mexico constitutional convention adlourned Tuesday. Ail but seven Democrats signed the constitution and ail but 19 voted for it The 71 Republicans voted for it and signed It. Airship Defeats Motor Car. Philadelphia. Claude Grahame- White, the aviator, raced a motor car In hts Blerlot machine on Monday and won easily. The distance was seven miles, and the aeroplane's time was 7:46. Bobbers Overpower a Doctor, t Norfolk. Va.—Two young men en tered the office of Dr I. R Firey Mon day and at the point of a pistol bound him hand and foot to a chair After taking ail the money in the of fice the men hastened away DOCTOR CRIPPEN PAYS THE PENALTY OF HIS CRIME M-jrderer of Belle Elmore Executed In the Court Yard of Lon don Prison. London.—Dr. Hawley H. Crippen, who killed his wife. Belle Elmore Crippen, tin American music ball singer, pain the penalty for his crime on the gallows at 8:20 o'clock Wednesday morning within the gloomy walls of Pentonville prison. The official hangman of Eng land pulled the trap that sent Crip pen into eternity. The prisoner, to all outward appearances, seemed resigned to his fate and walked bravely to his doom. Eighteen minutes after the trap fell the Jury of four physicians pro nounced him dead. Ills neck bad been broken. It was In Philadelphia that Dr. Har vey Hawley Crippen, a widower, met the prepossessing music hall singer, Cora Makomeski of Brooklyn, N. Y., known to the public as Belle Elmore, and pressed his suit to such advantage that they were married. In 1905 the doctor and his bride moved to England, where he took a house at 39 Hilidrop crescent. North London. They continued to live at the Hilidrop crescent residence until the advent, of Miss Ethel Clare Le Neve, who was employed as the doc tor’s stenographer early in the year of 1908. The doctor’s friendship for Miss Le Neve aroused the suspicions of his wife. Numerous quarrels are re ported by the neighbors, Increasing In frequency and violence until Febru ary, 1910, when Belle Elmore mysteri ously disappeared The doctor early in February ad vertised his wife's death in American theatrical papers as taking place in London, while he told the former actress' many London friends that Bhe had passed away while on a visit to the west, trusting to public indiffor enc>, to hide the falsehood. On July 20 the steame- Montrose puffed slowly out of Antwerp changed her course and stood out for Quebec. Among the few passengers were Rev. Mr. Robinson r.nd the clerical gentle man’s son, a slight and rather effem inate looking youth, wno occupied a stateroom with his father. Rev. Mr. Robinson was a very reticent cleric. The prisoners were taken back to England, where they were brought to trial In the Old Bailey court, Crippen charged with the murder and Ethel Clare Le Neve as an accessory after the fact. His companion, Miss Le Neve, waa exonerated of complicity in the crime and allowed to go free. PUTS BLAME ON HOMESTEADERS. Secretary Wilson Seva They Help Make High Prices. Ch'.-ago.—Secretary of Agriculture Wilson blamed the homesteader of the West In part for the present high cost of living, in an address at the opening here of the United Land and Irrigation exposition. “The homesteader,” he said, "Is re ducing the f.eld of operations of the ranchman, which is reducing the meat harvest of toe west and becoming quite a factor in the cost of living.” Other causes, he said, were the great Immigration to this country and the movement to the cities. The re cent tumble In prices of meat he at tributed to drought In tho range coun try and to the big corn aud oats crops. STEAMER IS RAMMED AND SINKS. Ships Collide In Fog—All on Board, Except Two, Saved. San Francisco.—The Norwegian tramp steamer Selja, slipping qui etly and unheralded toward San Francisco through the gray fog off I‘otrt Reyes, was pierced 15 feet from her bow by the steel prow of the big <oa twise passenger steamer Beaver and sent, in 20 minutes, to the bottom of the sea. Quick and heroic r.ctlon saved the lives of all on board except two sail ors who were In the shadow of safety when a lifeboat overturned. The Beaver was bound for Portland with more than 100 passengers. The Selja was coming in from Yokohama with 47 souls aboard. U. S. SAILORS RIOT IN FRANCE. Clash With Gendarmes When They Are Ejected From Cafe. Cherbourg. France. Sailors at : 'acted to tho second division of the United States battleship fleet j now in the harbor here, and gen darmes clashed In the streets. Riot ing continued for some time. Many of the gendarmes and Bailors were injured, none seriously. Two hundred bluejackets on shore leave isited a cafe In the city and became disorderly. They were ex pelled from the place and then, ac cording to stories, began to stone the building Gendarmes were called. The sailors finally desisted and reace once more reigned. Wireless Across Continent. Vallejo. Calc An exchange of wire less messages between Key West. Fla., and Norfolk, Va., was picked up by Operator Bennish at fho Mare is land navy #urd Tuesday. Every word of a conversation between the two operators on the Atlantic coast was distinctly read. 1.000 Drowned: 400 Barks Lost. Saigon, French Indo-l’hina One i thousand persons were drowned and : 400 barks were lost during floods in | the province of Quangugai in Antiam, Oldest Frisco Employe Dead. K arise l City. Mo.—Exeklet T Cox. the oldest employe of the St Uouts j and San Francisco railroad, both in ; years and point of service, died her*, i Saturday at the age of eighty one. He ] had worked for the railway IS ! years. Tennessee Liquor Law Held Valid. Knoxville, Tenn.—The state su preme court Saturday held the four* j mile liquor law enacted by the legis* 1 laiure of Tennessee In 1909 to be con* i stKuUoaaL SITE BOARD FREES. FIFTEEN Prisoners Are Granted Parole at Reformatory. ADDITION TO SANATORIUM Extension Makes Room for About Thirty More Patients —New Ar tesian Well Completed at Mendota Asylum. Madison.—Members of the state board of control returned from Green Bay where they considered applica tions for parole at the reformatory. Fifteen inmates were granted con ditional freedom. Work on the addition to the tuber culosis sanatorium at Wales has so far progressed that the new part will be ready for occupancy next month. The extension makes room for about thirty more patients but will not more than accommodate those now wait ing. There are now 110 patients in the institution. At the state hospital at Mendota a new well has been completed and will soon be equipped with machinery to make better provision for fire pro tection. The well is 800 feet deep. The sup ply is pure artesian water and be sides being U3ed for fire protection will furnish the regular domestic sup ply. Water for fire protection here tofore has been by a main coming from Lake Mendota but it was not satisfactory. The board is about to submit pro posals to receive bids on specifica tions for anew powerhouse at the Mendota Institution. Tho estimated cost is about $3,500. State Supreme Court. In the supreme court the following matters were heard and considered; 92. Slockney vs. Bell: Argued by James A. Stone for appellant and by J. T. Dittmore and D. H. Grady for respondent. 94. Mlske et al. vs. Thorn: Sub mitted on case and briefs. 96. Comstock vs. Boyle, et al.: Argued by J. E. Messerschmldt for appellant and by John J. Wood for respondent. 97. Worbazak vs. Simmons, et al.: Submitted on case and briefs. 99. Eggleton vs. Swartz et al.: Argued by Pedrick and Maurice Mc- Kenna for appellant and by John J. Wood for respondent. 100. Price vs. Bank of Poynette, et al.; Argued by J. A. Aylward for a4peliant and by D. H. Grady for re spondent. 205. Sly vs. Village of Kilbourn: Argued by E. H. Ryan for appellant and by E. A. Evans for respondent. 102. State vs. Kenosha Gas and Electric company vs. Kenosha Elec tric Railway company: Argued by H. E. Spalding and T. W. Spence for appellant and C. M. Rosecrantz, J. D. Shaw and Russell Jackson for re spondent. File Campaign Accounts. M. J. Cleary, Blanrhaidsville, un successful candidate for the Repub lican nomination for state Insurance commissioner at the primary election, filed a statement with the secretary of state, declaring he spent $1,193 05 for campaign purposes. Of that amount $504 was paid to newspapers. Christian J. Melaas, Stoughton, un successful candidate for the Repub lican nomination for secretary of state, spent $647.41, a large part of ■which went to newspapers. Congressman Arthur W. Kopp, Plattevllle, re-elected, spent $931.70 for primary and general campaigns. He paid the Republican state central committee and Republican county committee of the Third district $525. Castle Is State Agent. Governor Davidson appointed Bryan J. Castle, formerly state land agent and recently temporary second assist ant attorney general in place of the late Frank T. Tucker, to be special state agent to succeed L. M. Stu 1 Le vant. Mr. Castle enters at once upon the duties of the office and will leave soon for Washington to attend to matters pending before the depart ments and before congress when it convenes. The salary of the new position is $250 per month and ex penses. Benefit Fund for Waiters. The Wisconsin Waiters' association, which was organized about three months ago, has grown rapidly, hav ing at present a membership of about 140. The association has decided to have a death benefit fund. Tho sum of SIOO will be paid on the death of a member. At a ball about SSOO was rea’ized, which will be used towards securing permanent club quarters for the association New Incorporations. Tho following articles of Incorpora tion were filed in the office of Secre tary of State FYear: B. I.oewenbach & Sons company. Milwaukee: printing business: capital, 175,000: Incorporators. Hugo. Oscar and George I.oewenbach and John Julinn. Congregation of St. Mary’s of Mount Carmel. Racine: no capital stock; Incorporators. Most Rev. Se bastian C. Mesmer, Very Rev. Joseph Rainer. Rev. August Bantixrone. Al phonse Zivelli. Salvator Filpl The Vermont Pleasure club. Mil waukee: no capital; Incorporators. Anton Rosolek. Jr.: Anton Rosolek, Sr . and Frank Wloiir'k! The Bob White Cigar company. Humbolt, la.: capital Irvested in Wisconsin, $1,040; representative in Wisconsin. A G. Koeppe The Shlocton Garden Hand com pany. Shlocton. Outagamie county; an amendment increasing i:s capital from $250,000 to $500,000. Murphy Boiler company, Milwau kee: capital. $10,000; incorporators. J. C. Murphy, A. J. Weldner, Samuel A. Connell. Workers’ Institute at Y. W. C. A. Madison.—The first volunteer work ers' institute ever held in Wisconsin under the auspices of the Young Women's Christian association opened in the Y. W. C. A. building. 384 Jack son street. For the first time in the histoiy of the Y. W. C. A. seven national de partment secretaries gathered at a state conference, and for the first time in the history cf this state the surrounding Y. W. C. A. organizations are to send delegates to this city to confer upon methods of co-operation in the association work. Delegations arrived from Madison. Racine, Beaver Dam and La Crosse, to remain until the close of the In stitute. Some of the important questions to be discussed will be how best to pro vide recreative and social work, and the best means of continuing indus trial work. The industrial depart ments which send representatives into the shops and factories to inter est the girl employes at noon or after work at night, have made remarkable progress In the past few months. The department Is comparatively new and is considered one of the most important In the association work. One of the Interesting features of the Institute will be tbe woman’s mass meeting in the association building. It will be addressed by Dr. Anna L. Brown, national secretary of the department of physical educa tion. and by Miss Louisa Holmquist. Doctor Brown has made a reputa for herself among Y. V. C. A. work ers by her Introduction of the Ideas of special training of girl workers In the care of their health in respect to their work. She believes that each girl should receive special instruction, of this kind, as her health needs dif ferent consideration If she is doing sedentary work than if she is much upon her feet; if she is in an unven tilated work room or if she Is out of doors. She is also an exponent of the movement for the dissemination of a wider knowledge among young girls of their physlctl bodies and the functions of the different organs. This she believes necessary If tbo social evil Is to be stamped out. Increase In Pay Voted Down. Returns from 53 counties show that the vote on the proposal to amend the constitution by Increasing the pay of legislators from SSOO to SI,OOO was defeated by more than two to one, the exact vote In the counties reporting being: Against 48,669 For 21,847 Majority against 26,822 The vote on the proposal to do away with the state census also wad lost on the vote so far returned, the vote in the 53 counties being: For 31,231 Against 32,618 The amendment relating to Internal Improvements probably has carried by a good majority. The official return* from seven senatorial districts filed in the office of Secretary of State Frear give the following results: Third District —Isaac T. Bishop, 5,319; Samuel S. Walkup, 1,453; Wil liam Hunsche, 156; Bishop's plurality, 3,866, Ninth District —Edward Kileen, 5,333; Thomas 11. Patterson, 2,861; C. A. Bowman, 669; Klleen’s plurality, 2,472. Twenty-first District —Edward E. Browne, 4,866; T. H. Hanna, 1,799; Frank Lear, 411; Browne's plurality, 3.076. Twenty-third District —Carlos C. Douglas. 4.102; C. A. Snover, 5,018; Wfill E. Mack, 332; Frank Hrobsky, 3T7>; Snover's plurality, 916. Twenty-fifth District —W. N. Dan iel* 4,882; W. W. Albers, 5,076; Al bors’ plurality, 194. Twenty-seventh District —John M True. 4,818; Clarence S. Powell, 3,173; James M. Blackley, 293; True’s plu rality. 1,645. Thirty-third Dlstrtcb-G. E. H-eyt 6.544; William Schinners. 4.932; Bus tiive A. Volght, 798; Hoyt’s plurality, 612. Lectures at Drug Show. S. A. Eckstein, president of the Milwaukee Pharmaceutical assocla tion, and E. G. Raeuber of the Wis consin Pbarmacal company returned from a conference with Prof. Edward i Kremer of the pharmacy college and ; Prof. Deuuiston of the biological de -1 partment of the University of Wls, consin and brought the assurance of the university official* that an edu ! cational lecture course with lllus | trated slides would be conducted dur. i ing the pure drug show In the Audi j torium by lecturers of the university | extension course. ... Wisconsin Pensions. Wisconsin pensions granted: Byron i Babcock, sls; Alfred E. Burdick. sls; ! David D. Davis. sls: Hubert Fede-- i meyer, S2O; George W Fowler, S2O; j Mary A. Martin, sl2; Alice A. San* I born, sl2; Augustus Shultz. sl2; Sarah L. Benjamin I-ang. sls; Anna • Maria Rath. sl2; Henry H. Wood. sls. Case Tests Utility Law. In a supreme court case of the state against the Kenosha Electric Railway company, the constitutiona’- ity of the public utility law has been attacked. The railway attorneys charge that the right of the commission to decide whether anew public utility can he . arted in any city, where there is one in operation, is unconstitutional be cause it is giving away a legislative function. The state argues that this function Is administrative. What the Campaign Cost. George E. Beedle. unsuccessful can didate for the Republican nomin&tiot for member of congress before th* September primary election In the Eighth district, certifies to Secretary of State Frear that he spent in that campaign $2,002.05, of which $676 was expended by his campaign manager, i c. H. Sr.wyer. principally for workers, office expenses and entertainment Advertising constituted the greatet part of ths other expend'tnres. William Knight of Bayfield. Repub , lican nominee, spent $550.25. DEATH COMES TO COUNT TOLSTOI AT ASTAPOVA Wife and Children Present When End Comes—Still Under Ban of Church. Astopova.—Surrounded by his wife, children. Doctor Makovetsky and the other attending physicians. Count Leo Tolstoi passed away peacefully in the lonesome little railway station of the town. Efforts of the church to gather the famous reformer into its folds ef fect'd nothing, as neither side yielded. Several of the physicians were greatly overcome by the approaching death of Russia’s great writer. His heart beat its last apparently without a clear moment to enable him to say farewell or cast a forgiv ing look upon his wife and children. 1 Tolstoi, accompanied only by Doctor Makovetsky, left his home at Yasnaya Poliana for the purpose of ending his days in solitude, to which he more and more inclined during his later rear*. His pilgrimage led him to Count Leo Tjlstol. the monastery at Shamardine, in the province of Kaluga, where he re mained as the guest of his sister, Marie, who is a nun in the cloister. Learning that his retreat had been discovered, he Insisted upon proceed ing on his Journey to the Caucasus, where he hoped to spend his last days close to the Tolstoian colony on the shores of the Black Sea. But during the railroad Journey he was overcome with exhaustion and the cold, and Doctor Makovetsky was compelled to have him transferred to the flag station at Astapova, where he was made as comfortable as pos sible In the rude wooden building. For five days he had lain there suf ferlng first from bronchitis and later from Inflammation of the lungs. Spe cialists were called from Moscow and other places, but notwithstanding their utmost efforts, the heart of the great Russian responded but feebly to the restoratives and stimulants ad ministered. Count Lyof Nikolaivltch Tolstoi, usually called Count Leo Tolstoi, nov elist and social reformer, was born August 28, 1828, at Yasnaya Poliana, In the province of Tula, Russia. When twenty-three years old Tol stoi entered the army and served In the Caucasus and In the defense of Sevastopol against the British and French allied forces. He first made a reputation in literature by a series of vivid sketches written from Se vastopol, and when he left the army, soon after the Crimean war, he de voted himself entirely to literature. Tolstoi several times was threat ened with expulsion from Russia, and several times, according to report, was upon the point of being exiled; but he seemed on the whole to have been treated with unusual leniency, in view of his strongly pronounced views, especially as set forth In a manifesto entitled "The People's Rights," his criticisms of imperial acts and his open letters to the em peror. He was, however, expelled from Moscow In July, 1901, and since had resided at Yasnaya Poliana. PAY HONOR TO MISS WILLARD. Member* W. C. T. U. Deposit Flowers at Foot of Leader's Statue. Washington. Around the statue of Frances E. Willard, which i the state of Illinois had placed in the | nation’s Hall of Fame at the capitol, : 500 members of the National Wom en s Christian Temperance union. | which is in convention in Baltimore, i gathered to pay a tribute to their noted leader. The principal feature of the gath ering was an address by Miss Anna A. Gordon, vice-president general at j large of the W. C. T. U. At the conclusion of Miss Gordon's ! eulogy, as the chorus of “America” resounded through the hall, each j member of the Illinois delegation ! passed by the statue and deposited a flower at the feet of the leader of their cause. Democrats Have Lead of 63. Washington. —The Democratic rep resentation in the next house will be 227. as against 163 Republicans and one Socialist, according to the roster of the house published Tuesday. These figures give the Democrats a majority of 63 and a plurality of 64. Insane Woman Freed of Murder. Sturgis, S D. —Mrs. Nellie McMahon, who has been on trial for the murder of Ira W. Thomas, a prominent attor ney of this city, was acquitted Tues day, the jury finding her insane. Inventor Gets Rich Reward. San Francisco—-The first payment of a total of *17,000,000 which is to be turned over to George Gates, a seventy-year-old G. A. R veteran of j San Jose, who invented the concrete i railroad tie. is now in escrow In the ! Crocker National bank. A syndicate I of eastern railroads has been formed to buy the patent rights of the San j Jose man and *500.000 was given to him when the contract was signed Tuesday and by January 2 1911. the total of *17,000,000 will bo placed to his account RAID STOCK FIRMS. Burr Brothers and Continental Wire less Heads Arrested. New York. —Postmaster General Hitchcock took personal charge of raids on two eoncerns c'arged with using th e mails to defraud the public out of over $40,000,000 by selling stock on t' e promise of enormous dividends. The offices raided were those of Burr Brothers. Inc., and the Continental Wireless Telegraph and Telephone company. Sheldon H. Burr, president of Burr Brothers; Eugene H. Burr, secretary and treasurer of the firm, and Frank H. Tobey, its vice-president, were ar rested in the first raid and held in $20.000 bail each. The government charges that the firm sold between $40,000,000 and $50,000,000 of mining and oil stock worth little or nothing. Charles L. Vaughan, a director of the Continental Wireless Telegraph & Telephone company, incorporated in Arizona, was taken in the second raid and held in SIO,OOO bail. Inspectors say his company has sold stock to the amount of at least $1,000,000 which has brought in no return to the In vestors. Vaughan is treasurer of the Columbia Finance company, which acts as fiscal agent for the Continen tal company. Both raids are further evidence that the government means business and no longei will be content with issuing fraud orders denying them the use of the mails, but will press for convic tions on criminal charges. Postmaster General Hitchcock esti mates that tie public has been fleeced out of at least $100,000,000 by get-rich-quick concerns in the last five years, but fays their hey-day has gone, and said that other arrests, in volving corporations that have sought investors the length and breadth of the country are expected shortly. TELLS OF PROGRESS ON CANAL. Report of Isthmian Commissioners Shows Work Advancing Rapidly, Washington.—Signs that the Pan ama canal is moving rapidly along to completion are contained in the an nual report of the isthmtan canal commission for the year ending June 30, 1910, which has just been made public. The construction of the lock gate* has been contracted for and will be completed by June 1, 1913. These contracts have been awarded to the McClintic-Marshall Construction com pany of Pittsburg, Pa., their bid for the entire work being $5,374,474.82. Of the $375,201,000, which it is es timated it will cost to build the canal, there remains only $127,199,531.42 to be appropriated. The total classified expenditures for canal work to June 30, 1910, amounted to $191.258,113.93,, of which $31,188,426.37 were the net expenditures during the fiscal year covered by this report. The health conditions on the Isth mus are reported by the chief sanitary officer as an improvement over those of the preceding year. The total ad missions to hospitals and sick camps. Including those sick In quarters, netted for the year 26,539. The daily average of sick was 23.01 out of every 1,000 employed, as against 23.49 for the pre ceding year. The total number of deaths among employees was 548, equivalent to an average of 10.84 per I, HENRY MARTIN HOYT IS DEAD. Counsellor of State Department Suc cumbs to Attack of Peritonitis. Washington.—Henry M. Hoyt, coun sellor of the state department, died here of peritonitis after an illness of only four days. Mr. Hoyt was graduated from Yale in President Taft's class, 1878. Mr. Hoyt had just concluded the prelim inary work at Ottawa for the reci procity treaty between the United States and Canada. He held the po sition of solicitor general at the de partment of Justice, in which he was succeeded a year ago by tl e lato Lloyd Bowers. He was if the legal caliber which entitled him to consid eration bv the resident for a position on the S tireme bench. President Taft had an eminently high regard for Mr. Hoyt and he was placed in the state department by the president to deal with some of the grave prob lems which are now before it. LEEDS’ WIDOW EVICTS KIN. Personal Belongings of Fernj Park hurst Removed From Mansion. New York. Mrs. Nonnie Stew art Leeds, widow of William B. Leeds, the “tin plate king.” who left her $30,000,000, was the woman be hind the scenes in another eviction that took place at the big Stewart mansion in Montclair. N. J. All the personal belongings of Miss Kerne Parkhurst, Miss Leeds’ sister-in-law, were removed from the bouse by stor age men. Mrs. Stewart's lawyer re ceived from Mrs. Leeds' lawyer the re ceipt from the storage-house. This was the first knowledge Mrs. Stewart and her daughter had that the latter's possessions had been removed. Slays Four of Family. Maryville Mo. —Oda Hubbell. a far mer near Barnard, Mo., and his wife I and two children were shot and killed ! at their home Sunday night by an i unidentified person, who set fire to their house to ccneea! the crime. Fire Destroys Mail Car. Schenectady, N. Y.—Fire in a mail car here Monday destroyed a large portion of the contents. The blaze | was in a through car from Boston j filled with papers and other mail | bound for San Francisco. : McVey Knocks Out Battling Johnson. Paris. —Sam McVey, the colored ; heavyweight. Saturday knocked out j Battling Jim Johnson In the twenty i first round of a fight for the cham ! pionship of Europe. Many American 1 bluejackets saw the fight. — Edgemont. 111., Has SBO,OOO Fire. East St. Louis. 111.—A fire which de stroyed 'le only business block In | Edgemont, 111-, half way between East St. Louis and Belleville. Saturday, caused a loss estimated to be about SBO,OOO.